Since Michael is away on vacation, he won’t be writing an epistle article this week. Instead, we are sharing a prayer from Rev. Ken Carter
A Summer Prayer in a Prolonged Season of COVID
by The Rev. Ken Carter, Bishop of the Florida Conference, United Methodist Church
O God of every time and season
we give thanks for rhythms of work and rest
for places apart that mark our years
for the eternal return of ocean waves
for the defiant posture of mountains
for the hiddenness of favorite coves
for pilgrimages made and then homecomings.
O God, in this season we are grateful
for sanity regained
for blessings discovered
for those who return to us
and for those who leave.
As we enter into autumn
we confess an anxiety for children and grandchildren
who begin a new school year amidst a virus
that is too much with us;
we offer intercession for them,
and for those called to teach them;
and we lift our voices for policies that place the common good
and indeed human life before the expediency
of present political affinities and future political elections.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
And through it all, teach us,
God of wonder and creation
that your spirit is nearer to us
than the gift of our next breath
that your presence is woven into
the comings and goings of our lives
and having fled to our own lonely places
let us return, with Jesus
to live and work
to pray and heal
to worship you
and love our neighbor.